Arado SSD I

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Role Fighter seaplane
Manufacturer Arado Flugzeugwerke
Designer Walter Rethel
First flight 1930
Number built 1

The Arado SSD I was a biplane fighter seaplane developed in Germany in 1930, intended to be launched from catapults on warships. This was an all-new design from Walter Rethel, sharing nothing with his other fighter designs for Arado of the late 1920s. It was a conventional unequal-span, staggered biplane, with the slightly gulled top wing attached to the upper fuselage. It was equipped with a single, large float under the fuselage and two outrigger floats near the wingtips. After evaluation at Travemünde, the floats were removed and a simple, wheeled undercarriage was fitted for competitive evaluation with the Heinkel HD 38 at Lipetsk. The Heinkel was selected, and the SSD I was relegated to trainer duties with the LVS in 1932.


General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 8.50 m (27 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.00 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 3.40 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 30.9 m2 (332 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1,627 kg (3,587 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,030 kg (4,475 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW VI, 485 kW (650 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (174 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 6,800 m (22,310 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 11.1 m/s (2,180 ft/min)



  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 73. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing, London. File 889 Sheet 74
  • German Aircraft between 1919 - 1945